Ouya unveils game partnerships with Words with Friends and Psychonauts devs

February 11, 2013
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    Ouya CEO and creator Julie Uhrman revealed at DICE 2013 that the Android-based home console has earned support from two more independent studios. Words with Friends creator Paul Bettner and Tim Schafer’s studio Double Fine Productions, which made great titles such as Psychonauts and Brütal Legend, both have games under development that are headed to the new console.

    No official word has been mentioned on what Bettner has in store for Ouya. What we know is that Verse – a new game studio he established after leaving Zynga – is currently working on two unannounced titles. On the other hand, Double Fine is planning to release The Cave and Reds to the console. Reds is the codename for Double Fine Adventure, a point-and-click adventure game that gained crowd funding support through Kickstarter. The Cave is a platform-adventure game that was recently released on other platforms. No release dates have been announced for the games from either studio.

    Paul Bettner asserts in a press release that “Ouya and Verse are nothing less than The Return Of Console Gaming. The last big wave was mobile … Words With Friends is the most played game across all mobile platforms. And yet I believe we’re about to see another disruption even bigger than this last. Gamers want the App Store in their living room. Ouya will be the first to deliver it, and it’s going to change everything. Again.”

    Whether console gaming will celebrate its revival through Ouya or not remains unclear until the console lands on the gamers’ homes. The first to get Ouya are its Kickstarter backers in March, while retailers do not start selling the console until June. Pre-ordered units will be delivered in April.

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